Mountain giants, called fjelljotunen in their own language,[7] were a brutish giant offshoot race of hill giants.[8]


Mountain giants largely resembled hill giants,[2][1] though they were slightly smaller and roughly as strong as fire giants.[2][3]

Male mountain giants often had heavy beards, but no mustaches, and large pot bellies. They were typically clothed in rough hides or skins and carried huge clubs as weapons. The stale reek of a mountain giant could be detected from several hundred feet downwind.[1]


They especially enjoyed crushing people under boulders.[1]


Mountain giants were rarely known to use any form of tactical planning, deceit, or ambushing maneuvers. Rather, they preferred to straightforward approach of tossing down massive boulders at their foes from afar and rarely took cover while doing so. When fighting in close quarters they were known to use a club that were the size of logs or tree limbs.[2][3]


Mountain giants descended from hill giants, and so they were still considered true giants. They broke off from their hill giant ancestors after a civil war in the ancient past of Faerûn.[8]


A mountain giant tribe was generally a very loose network of several families, scattered across a given mountain or range. Tribes were led by a 3rd-level shaman, who typically lived alongside other friendly creatures rather than their own race. They presided over a tribe's occasional gathering and would counsel those willing to travel in order to talk with them.[2][3]

Mountain giant shamans typically derived their powers from the spheres of All, Animal, Charm, Combat, Elemental, or Healing. They also possessed an innate ability to locate any cave or cavern entrance within a half mile of them, with the exception of those hidden through magic.[2][3]


Mountain giants were foragers and hunters who ate a variety of nuts, tubers, and other edible mountain plants. Their most favorite food was typically mountain sheep.[2][3]


Typically mountain giants lived solitary lives in mountain ranges and volcanoes.[9]


Despite often resenting intruders, they would occasionally keep a few dwarves or humans as pets. If found in groups, they were usually a pair of mates with children.[9]

Mountain giants stood just above hill giants in the giant heirarchy, or ordning, and just below stone giants.[10]





  1. The size of mountain giants in core 3rd edition changed drastically from that in earlier editions. However, mountain giants in the Realms were explicitly described in Giantcraft to follow the 2nd edition sizes, so those values are presented here.



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